SWIEBODZIN, Poland — Workers have succeeded in lifting the shoulders and arms onto a giant statue of Jesus Christ in a small Polish town.
After delays caused by strong winds, a towering crane lifted the massive piece on Saturday and very slowly placed it onto the lower part of the figure's body. Later in the day, workers will attempt to finish assembling the statue by hoisting the head.
The statue is the creation of a local priest, Rev. Sylwester Zawadzki. Many local residents and business people in Swiebodzin (shvee-eh-BOHD'-jeen) hope it will put their town of 22,000 on the map for Roman Catholic pilgrims and bring in money to their community.
Organizers say it will be the largest statue of Jesus in the world, rising even higher than Rio de Janeiro's iconic Christ the Redeemer statue.